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Poseidon’s Alley as Vast as the Ocean

Did you ever have that experience of listening to David Bowie’s “Low” and thinking: “damn, this like nothing you’ll hear anywhere…” only to discover that it’s a brilliant blend of styles that never ought to have worked together? A similar, if not identical, experience can be had by listening to  LA-based Poseidon’s Alley AKA Tim Herscovitch.

While writing the above sentences I was indulging in Dr. Gachet, a psychedelic, electronic, chill-wave instrumental track which owes more than a few overtures to groundbreaking alternative artists of the 70’s and 80’s, not to mention a little Miles Davis, for good measure. With lo-fi pads supporting a funky guitar groove we journey through layers of catchy themes played on synths and a host of other instruments. I suppose what’s most impressive is the neo-classical elements of blending different moods and transitioning through them, much like movements in a concerto or symphony. Indeed, Dr. Gachet is never boring – and the captivating melodies, harmonies, and rhythms are augmented by the interesting timbers chosen to carry the same.

Poseidon’s Alley shows first-rate musicianship, which is why I was not all that surprised to find that Herscovitch is a professor of music. A quick look at his rating on ratemyprofessor.com shows that (according to his students) he’s passionate about education as well as music. This is nice to see as I have always felt as though educators ought to always maintain a link to the professional world and it seems that Tim Herscovitch is doing just that.

Trip-Hop’s Chosen One: Aroly Tariq

Aroly Tariq, in many was, is the culmination of promises made to electronic music fans from a generation ago. Where we had to scour used CD bins around the “acid jazz” and “trip-hop” labels to find a lovely female voice sweetly crooning over a slow and smooth beat… Don’t believe me? Then give “Perspective,” her newest track (available on Spotify) a listen. If you don’t hear what we all loved in Transistor, Portishead, Static Sound System, or Everything but the Girl – then you’re not paying attention.

The song: a lo-fi loop begins bubbling up – it’s so ethereal but quiet like you’re listening to someone’s radio a few blocks away. Then Ms. Tariq begins to sing. A breathy and upper frequency tone matches the one coming from the loop, and you get the impression that if you just turned down one band of the EQ, you’d have silence. Finally, a hiccupping and disjointed drum line comes in, and the world makes sense. It’s so elegant and mysterious, but catchy and full of groove at the same time.

A trek through Aroly Tariq’s Instagram was plesently engaging – where I’m used to seeing young female pop icons presenting themselves in sultry shots, Ms. Tariq is sharing some rather stunning visual arts. They look like surreal digital landscapes of vibrant dark colors. I don’t know if these images are of her own creation or art to go along with her music, either way, it is both captivating and beautiful.

Back To Stay: Craymo craves that romantic conclusion on Love Me or Leave Me Alone

Looking for a final decision to improve his mood rather imminently, Craymo has dropped a superb new single to play rather loud all day long with the spectacular Love Me or Leave Me Alone.

Craymo is an Orlando, Florida-based indie electronic artist who grew up with a dreamer mentality and hasn’t stopped crushing challenges since back in the day.

After kindly sitting down with us for a truly insightful interview, Craymo slams away the frustration with a statement track for anyone who is beyond fatigued of not knowing the romantic intentions of a mysteriously enticing soul.

Love Me or Leave Me Alone from Orlando, Florida-based indie electronic musician Craymo is a rather dynamically honest track which will leave brittle hearts alive with fire. Projected so splendidly and absorbed with so much excitement, this is a rather top-notch effort to get truly astounded about.

This is the type of track to meditate with when you’re looking for that answer.

Turn this up on Spotify. See more on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Lebanon-born EDM artist C:3 powers in with pulsating party anthem I Just Dance

Jumping to the beat and soaring rather wonderfully up into the skies of promise, C:3 is in top form and might rattle the bones of those who love a splendid night out with music to clear the mind with called I Just Dance.

C:3 is a Los Angeles-based Lebanon-born electronic music producer and DJ who makes those soul-awakening tracks to dance with all night long.

His love for music started at a young age where he would stay up late at night in his basement researching and teaching himself different music programs.” ~ C:3

Fusing in the vibrant sounds of tech-house, bass-house, Latin, and captivating Middle Eastern blends of goodness, C:3 has dropped a rather spectacular Spur-like sizzler on this special song to get sweaty with. Slamming down the pulse and setting the tempo with a rather enormously consequential experience, this is such a fantastic single to bounce merrily with.

I Just Dance from Lebanon-born music producer and DJ C:3 is a superbly lit soundtrack to bathe happily inside. Skyrocketing rather enormously with so many exhilarating flavours to munch into, this is a sure-fire mood flipper which is on the same level as a Shane Warne ripper. Hugely motivated and strong like its creator, we find a heart speeder to blossom inside rather dynamically.

Hear this fine single on Spotify. See more on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Take a psychonautic trip through the cosmos with Nanoman Mucker Mush’s alt-electro single, Lost in Space

UK alt-electro originator, Nanoman Mucker Mush, used the fabric of the universe as a muse in his drone-heavy old-skool downtempo acid techno release, Lost in Space.

Nanoman Mucker Mush’s spoken-word vocals that allow you to imagine what the Prodigy would have sounded like if they recorded in the midst of a meditation session resound over the glitchy trip-hoppy instrumentals that push you far beyond the earth’s atmosphere into the vast, dark and cold cosmos.

The orchestral instrumentals add a touch of filmic flair to the gravity-defying release, while the lyrics keep the hit gritty with street attitude. It’s a potent combination that makes for a psychonautic trip you won’t regret going on.

Lost in Space hit the airwaves on December 19. Check it out via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Netherlands-based artist Yaybolo shows the universe what quality music sounds like on Spacewalker

Performed with heart-warming imaginative skill and with so much to submerge inside our hungry souls, Yaybolo has dropped a single so creative it will stir the minds of many who needed a new sound to believe in with Spacewalker.

Yaybolo is an Amsterdam, Netherlands-based indie EDM outfit fused together rather enticingly by Sebastian Skeete Mc Leed and Florian van Damme.

It started with the Bolo-drum. A self-made melodic, steel instrument that Sebastian Skeete Mc Leed and his brother Joey Skeete Mc Leed developed. They wanted to show the world that recycling is the way to go if we want to save this planet. After Joey passed away in 2018, Sebastian felt that he wanted to expand their vision by making an extraordinary collection of instruments out of recycled materials.” ~ Yaybolo

Created so elegantly and fused with so much incredible poise, Yaybolo has connected the universe together rather splendidly on this fascinating release.

Spacewalker from Amsterdam, Netherlands-based indie EDM group Yaybolo is a superb single to get excited about for its intrinsic value. This is a creative song beyond words and understanding that has been made with true love and care. With so much value on offer, we find a truly memorable single to savour.

Turn this up on SoundCloud. See more on the IG page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

I See You: Farenwyde opens our mind up on dazzling debut Eerie

Taking our souls into a happier place and brushing away all the cold, Farenwyde bolsters our imagination far from the frozen lake via a finger clicking experience to feel alive with on Eerie.

Farenwyde aka Sasha Andreyevskiy is an emerging electronic music producer who formulates the kind of tracks which shall flip moods over forever.

My music production journey started in April 2022, though I have always wanted to create and share my music with the world.” ~ Farenwyde

Brushing all pain away and taking us into a more peaceful world, Farenwyde is rather impressive here on this monumental anthem for those who need hope in a volatile world.

Eerie from the skilled electronic music producer Farenwyde is a special song which shows us the taste of freedom for all its magnificence and never lets go. Fueling our emotions to spark up and layered rather expertly, this is a hugely promising debut single to treasure for its soul-healing qualities.

Listen up on Spotify. See more news on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Feel the temperature drop with the dystopic chill in Kabinyo’s industrial EDM single, I Am Collins

no more chasing ghosts by kabinyo

Atlanta-based producer and artist Kabinyo drenches his hip hop beats in dark and cinematically caustic atmosphere to a scintillating effect. His latest single, I Am Collins, moves past synthwave to firmly implant itself in the ambient industrial genre.

The mostly instrumental piece carries the futuristic simulated chill of an isolated dystopia, akin to the synthesised textures within the Sucker Punch Remix of Army of Me by Bjork. Despite his experimentalism, Kabinyo has celebrated ample success with his eclectically crafted instrumentals. His most successful single to date, Vogue, was picked up by Manimal Vinyl before being published by Sony. With his upcoming LP, he’s veered further away from hip hop towards rock and EDM; it’s a move that will undoubtedly see him go further in his already accoladed career.

I Am Collins is now available to stream and download on Bandcamp.

Stay tuned for the full release of the album no more chasing ghosts, which will officially release on January 6th.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Burst of Electricity: Ilustrado feels that sensational spark of passion on Ecstasy

Wrapped in an illuminating bundle of vitality which shall shock many, Ilustrado shall send our minds into a thrilling place of pure sensual enjoyment on Ecstasy.

Ilustrado is a New York-based Manila, Philippines-born indie EDM artist and music producer who slams the door shut on any doubters with blazing hot creations to savour.

After finishing his studies, he carved out a career in opera, musical theater, and sacred music with critical acclaim. When all his performances took a hit during the 2020 pandemic, he turned to songwriting as a creative outlet and rediscovered his passion and gift for it. Finding his renewed artistic calling at a time when the world stood still, Ilustrado is currently producing the Pearl Drive Project – his first anthology of works in rock, soul, and dance.” ~ Ilustrado

With a locked in spirit which will please many ravenous souls, Ilustrado has changed the game with a true ear-heater which might make many humans blush with excitement.

Ecstasy from New York-based EDM artist and music producer Ilustrado is one of the steamiest efforts so far in 2022. Drenched in so much glorious splendour to turn up loud, this is a sexy track for all those sweaty nights when two souls have decided to connect as one.

Listen up to this fine single on Spotify. See more on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

nasir mf. pushed the boundaries of sonic expression in his emotion-driven EDM hit, fuckin lonely

If the sub-genre emo EDM doesn’t already exist on some dark and despondent corner on the internet, the electronica producer, nasir mf. started it with his trappy trailblazer of a debut single, fuckin lonely.

After a wavy indie trap prelude, the hit blasts off with a high-fire boost of momentum that allows the track to transcend drum n bass before the candid vocals run through pioneeringly bold lyricism to shatter the stigma attached to admissions of loneliness.

To make such an honest track at any point in their career is a brave move; to choose this track to introduce himself to the world, nasir mf. is a total fucking icon. The Brooklyn-based electronica artist made his debut to carry on the legacy of the black artists before him while pushing the boundaries of sound and expression. In the process of succeeding across the board, he became an instant icon in our view.

Nothing compares to the high of hearing an artist speak the unspoken and fuckin lonely let the euphoric floodgates open. We can’t wait to hear what comes next.

fuckin lonely was officially released on December 2nd and is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast